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Capstone Project

Joint MS Capstone Students - Autumn 2019The Joint MS Capstone Project is an opportunity for students to address a real-world environmental problem by integrating their E-IPER and professional school coursework in an interdisciplinary project. Students present their Projects at the Capstone Symposium, held at the end of each quarter in which students are completing projects. Students have the freedom to generate their own project ideas. Projects could involve any of the following: 

  • Further development of a project initiated in a prior or concurrent project-based course (taken while enrolled in the Joint MS degree);
  • Collaboration with an off-campus client on a current environmentally related problem (e.g., by expanding on a summer internship); 
  • Collaboration with a business or entrepreneur to develop a business plan for a new venture;
  • Collaboration with a Stanford faculty member or E-IPER PhD student on a relevant research project.

The Capstone Project Guidelines, updated annually, describe the proposal and implementation process. Students may work on their projects individually or in a group of up to 3 students. ENVRES 290, the Capstone Project course, is typically offered in the Autumn and Winter quarters.

If you have any questions about the Capstone Projects or ideas for a potential Project, please contact the E-IPER Joint MS Program ManagerTo view presentations from recent Capstone Symposia, click on the available links below and enter the password ‘viaortega’


Winter 2020

Watch videos of students' Capstone Project presentations using the password ViaOrtega. NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this quarter's projects were presented in an online and remote format.

Allan Van Vliet, MS-JD Can IP Law Improve Food Resilience? A Survey of Proposed Agriculture IP Reforms Through the Lens of Genetic Diversity
Madhu Yalamarthi, MS-MBA Investing in Sustainable Food Supply Chains
Dan Freeman, MS-MBA What Does an Alt-Cow Eat, Anyway? Animal Product Alternatives and Legume Value Chains
Michael M. Golz, MS-JD Toward Resilent Municipal Water Supply: Evaluating Appetite for Water Recycling in Dever
Thomas M. Miller, MS-JD Redrawing the Legal Landscape for Geologice Carbon Sequestration in California
Julia Osterman, MS-MBA

Unlocking Public Private Investment in Mangroves for Coastal Resilence and Carbon Sequestration

Alexandra Boboc, MS-MBA, Eyal Donath Zafir, MS-MBA, Max Sapozhnikov, MS-MBA A Path to 24/7 Clean Energy for Data Centers: Analyzing the Feasibility, Economics and Impact of Using Energy Storage
Graham Wookey, MS-MBA Restoring South Africa's Mining Sector with Battery Storage
Adrien Duroc-Danner, MS-JD Sources and Uses: Trends in Clean Energy Finance in California and the Northeast
Mike Caron, MS-MBA Accelerating Transporation Electrification: Watt Can be Learned by Analyzing Exisiting Electric Vehicle Fleets?
Jennifer Goldman, MS-MBA The Future of Transportation: Putting Cities in the Driver's Seat
Hiro Tien, MS-MBA The Role of AI/ML in Reducing Emissions from Transportation

Autumn 2019

Watch videos of students' Capstone Project presentations using the password ViaOrtega.

Caroline Jo, MS-JD (in partnership with Sudatta Ray, PhD student) The Shareability Potential of Energy Access Solutions in Urban Slums around Harare, Zimbabwe
Annie Baldwin, MS-MBA (in partnership with Nathan Ratledge, PhD student) Batteries are the New Pancakes: A Comparative Analysis of Value Streams from Batteries in California, Kenya, and Uganda
Cody Evans, MS-MBA (in partnership with KC McKanna, PhD student) A Green Opportunity: Encouraging New State and Local Policies to Encourage Clean Energy Investments in Opportunity Zones
Ida Hempel, MS-MBA, Nate Nunta, MS-MBA, and Valerie Shen, MS-MBA Shades of Green: Assessing the Environmental Impacts of China's Belt and Road Initiative
Jayce Hafner, MS-MBA (in partnership with Nic Buckley-Biggs, PhD student) The Grass is Greener: The Role of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Protecting California's Rangelands and Promoting Grassfed Beef
Abhay Jain, MS-MBA, and Nico Guillen Barrail, MS-MBA Low Hanging Fruit: VC Investable Trends in Food Waste
Rachel Reed, Dual MS-PhD Mechanical Engineering Designing a Forced Air Static Composting System for Small Scale Farms
Luis Lascurain, MS-MBA, and Johannes Olejnik, MS-MBA Incentive Driven Sustainability in Large Scale US Farming
Ezgi Sonmez, MS-MBA Comparative Study on Pistachio Markets in Turkey and California
Adhokshaj Bellurkar, MS-MBA

Evaluating the Cost-Performance Frontier in Methane Leak Detection

George Amirdzhanyan, MS-MBA, and Jim Yu, MS-MBA

SRIs as a Vehicle for Growth in Developing Economies


Archive Prior to Autumn 2019